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Origin & Meaning

The name Kenneth is of Irish origin.

The meaning of Kenneth is "handsome, fire born".  

It is also of English origin, where its meaning is "both comely, finely made and born of fire".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 191 in baby name popularity for boys with 2128 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Kenneth Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Kenneth has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Kenneth to other names.


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Related Names

Kenneth is a form of the name Cinead.

Variants of the name Kenneth include Kenith, Kennith.

The names Kenina, Kenna, Kennet are all forms of Kenneth.

Kenneth has the diminutive (nickname) Kenny.

Other Tidbits

Kenneth falls into the easy nickname name category.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Kenneth in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Kenneth.

Just for fun, see the name Kenneth in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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Names Like This

Irish names usually contain a given, middle and family name.

Given names frequently have their source in the Roman Catholic faith, or are derived from the traditional Gaelic.

Some Gaelic or old Irish names date back to the Celtic origins of Gaelach (Ireland). These names find their basis in ancient pagan religions, myths, legends, and superstitions held by the Gaels.